Application Scheduling on the Information Power Grid

Dmitrii Zagorodnov, Francine Berman and Rich Wolski
January 11, 2000

One of the compelling reasons for developing the Information Power Grid (IPG) is to provide a platform for more rapid development and execution of simulations and other resource-intensive applications. However, the IPG will ultimately not be successful unless users and application developers can achieve execution performance for their codes. In this paper, we describe a performance-efficient approach to scheduling applications in dynamic multiple-user distributed environments such as the IPG. This approach provides the basis for application scheduling agents called {\bf AppLeS}. We describe the AppLeS methodology and discuss the lessons learned from the development of AppLeS for a variety of distributed applications. In addition, we describe an AppLeS-in-progress currently being developed for NASA's INS2D code, a distributed "parameter sweep" application.

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